Mom Forgives Dead Son For Horrific New Year's Day Beating

Kay Odle is still healing from the passing of her husband, Rev. Larry Wayne Odle. He died on Thanksgiving Day of heart failure.

January 14, 2019

Kay Odle [CBS Los Angeles (screenshot)]

Kay Odle [CBS Los Angeles (screenshot)]

By: Catherine Townsend

SIOUX FALL, SD — A South Dakota mother has revealed that she forgives her dead son for nearly beating her to death in a brutal attack that took place on New Year’s Day.

Kay Odle’s son Jesse Odle died in his cell at the Minnehaha County Jail on Wednesday morning – the same day that he was due to appear in court to face 14 charges related to the attack.

Jesse was set to be charged with the attempted murder of his mother, who suffered a broken nose, severe bruising, swelling, and a brain bleed.

According to the warden, employees were monitoring him on video and noticed that he was unresponsive at around 6:45 A.M. Police say that they are still investigating the incident, but have found no evidence that foul play was involved.

Despite how much trauma Kay has experienced in such a short time, as well as the physical damage, she is ready to speak openly about what she's doing through. "I believe in bringing things into the light of day," Kay said.

Kay shares that when her son began attacking her, he was talking about how demons are real. "He was pounding my head into the base of the kitchen table," Kay told KSNT. "I didn't black out. I almost did a few times, I just prayed and prayed that I wouldn't, because I knew if I did I'd be dead."

"There were points I was looking evil in the face and thought this is how I'm going to die," Kay continued.

Kay revealed that her son began using drugs when he was 14. According to family members, he abused methamphetamines and bath salts.

But she said that she prefers to “remember the Jesse who was funny and smart and kind” – and that she focuses on the fact that he devoted his life to Jesus Christ.

Kay is still healing from the recent passing of her husband, Rev. Larry Wayne Odle. He died on Thanksgiving Day of heart failure.

Despite the tragedy of losing her son, Kay explains, "It's like a weight is lifted that I've carried for 30 years. There's been that concern of 'where is Jesse?,' 'how is Jesse?,' 'is he using?'... He's been in and out of prison for most of his life."

"I thought when Larry died, 'Oh Lord, how am I going to go on without my love and partner?' But I'm glad he's there for Jesse. Jesse needs him more than I do right now," Kay said.

Read more: KSNT, KSFY, WKRG

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